Born of Haitian parents, her mother from Gonaîves and her father from Port-au-Prince, this Montreal artist expresses herself through gesture, song and spoken language which she specially creates for each of her works. Rhodnie Désir uses contemporary movement and gesture as markers of a unique time inspired by traditions from Haiti and Central and West Africa.
Rhodnie has graduated from communications and marketing (Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal), business start-up (SAJE Montréal Métro) and the Professional and Artistic Training Program in Dance (Zab Maboungou / Nyata Nyata Dance Company), and has taken professional courses with teachers such as Koffi Kôkô, Seydou Boro, Salia Sanou, Lena Blou, Zelma Badu-Younge, Bakari Lindsay and Sully Cally.
Rhodnie’s flagship work, BOW’T (2013), brought her to the local and international scene, adding to her repertoire of seven works and collaborations with the contemporary Martinique company ART&FACT. She has received a number of prestigious and national awards and invitations (Ouagadougou International Dance Festival, specialist seminarist of Unesco, etc.).
In 2016, Rhodnie Désir embarked on a new international choreographic and web documentary project, the BOW’T TRAIL, retracing the rhythmic heritage and remarkable resistance of African and Afro-descendant peoples. This work has been recognized by UNESCO and received numerous awards (Grand Prix Lys de la Diversité …).
( Biography : http://www.rhodniedesir.com/apropos/ )